Fire Destroys adult special needs group home in Berks County

Fire Destroys adult special needs group home in Berks County

Quick Action of Staff Rescues All Residents A devastating fire engulfed a residential group home for adults with special needs in Reading, PA, during the early hours of Thursday, April 11, 2024.  The home, located on Harry Avenue, is run by Dayspring Homes, a Reading-area nonprofit. As the blaze ripped through the home, it was the swift response of the staff member on duty who ensured the safety of all…

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Catholic Foundation Declares Record Distribution

Catholic Foundation Declares Record Distribution

More Than $1 Million to Date in 2024 to Support Catholic Causes in Eastern Pennsylvania The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania has announced a significant milestone in its declared distributions to support Catholic causes throughout the region. The Catholic Foundation declared more than $836,000 from qualified endowment funds. In addition, donor designated funds and cemetery funds requested $170,000 in distributions for a combined total of more than $1 million in…

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Catholic Schools Week Celebrates Rich Heritage, Ongoing Commitment to Educational Excellence

Catholic Schools Week Celebrates Rich Heritage, Ongoing Commitment to Educational Excellence

In the heart of the Diocese of Allentown, the legacy of Catholic education dates back to 1743 when the first Catholic school opened its doors as a single classroom in Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania. Today, Saint Francis Classical Catholic Academy proudly stands as the second oldest Catholic school in the original 13 colonies. Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2024), a time-honored celebration, is the perfect time to recognize how…

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Donors, Catholic Causes Benefit From Donations of Appreciated Securities to Endowment Funds

Donors, Catholic Causes Benefit From Donations of Appreciated Securities to Endowment Funds

The Perfect End of Year Gift: Appreciated Securities As we approach the end of the year, donors are seeking meaningful ways to make a lasting impact through their charitable contributions. With the stock market reaching all-time highs, one strategy that stands out for its dual benefits of philanthropy and financial savvy is the donation of appreciated securities to endowment funds benefiting Catholic causes. “There are a number of advantages for…

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Early Donors Push Sr. Janice Memorial Fund Past $100,000

Early Donors Push Sr. Janice Memorial Fund Past $100,000

Since its inception three months ago, 32 donors have made gifts to the endowment fund started in memory of Sister Janice Marie Johnson, R.S.M. who died in early January 2023. More than $100,000 has been raised to date for the Sr. Janice Marie Johnson R.S.M. Persons With Disabilities Ministry Endowment Fund with the Catholic Foundation. The fund, established with an initial gift from Gary Iacocca, honors Sister Janice’s 65 years…

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Four Pastors Create New Parish Endowment Funds

Four Pastors Create New Parish Endowment Funds

Three pastors in Bethlehem and one pastor in Pen Argyl started new parish endowment funds with the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania. The funds were created to support parish liturgical programs and activities, as well as ongoing maintenance and capital improvements of the parish physical plants. “A strong, healthy endowment will make a tremendous difference for the future of our parish.” Rev. Anthony Mongiello, Pastor St. Anne Parish, Bethlehem New…

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Perpetual Funds Maintain Cemeteries, Ease Budget Pressure on Parishes

Perpetual Funds Maintain Cemeteries, Ease Budget Pressure on Parishes

Cemetery funds are essential for the long-term maintenance and upkeep of Catholic cemeteries. A cemetery fund can provide a reliable and sustainable source of income to cover ongoing costs such as landscaping, monument preservation, and general maintenance. The Catholic Foundation manages 24 cemetery funds for parishes located in the Diocese of Allentown. These perpetual care funds relieve the budget pressures placed on a parish to maintain these properties. Endowment Funds…

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